Do you think you know a lot about the Earth? Well, how many of these facts do you know then, smartypants?
The Earth, our home, is full of astonishing things. And there is always something new to learn. As humans, we have a built-in curiosity that drives us forward, we crave knowledge. Well, many of us do anyway.
In this episode of The List Show by Mental Floss, our host, Erin McCarthy, delivers 100 facts about the Earth. She surprises us with details on a range of topics, from geology to biology and astronomy among many others.
For example, did you know that our planet's name is the only one in the solar system not found in either Greek or Roman mythology? The name, Earth, is derived from the word eorpe, which translates to "ground, soil, dry land". Nobody is sure of when it was first used, but it was before humanity had any concept of planets. The word was used to differentiate our domain from the heavens and the underworld.
Other trivia covers gravitational anomalies, the world's most prolific organism, and how we know what's in the Earth's core. It's a... fact-tastic list of extraordinary truths sure to make you say, "wow, I didn't know that" more than once. It's a smorgasbord of knowledge and you will learn something new. So, what are you still reading this for? Go on, click that play button!